As a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, you can rely on me to be ethical, respectful and non-judgemental. I offer weekly confidential face-to-face counselling from an office in the centre of Cheltenham. A safe place where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, experiences and relationships.
Whatever type of counselling you choose, your counsellor's main concern should be helping you resolve your present day issues. I practice psychodynamic counselling which is based on the principles of psychoanalysis. Briefly, this assumes that our minds work at both a conscious and unconscious level, which can affect our relationships, physical and mental wellbeing.
By helping you explore your current issues and your past relationships and experiences including your early life, we will become more aware of the unconscious beliefs and assumptions you have picked up about yourself and others, and how they shape your present-day feelings and actions. We will be able to think about how accurate and helpful those beliefs and assumptions are today and help you gradually challenge and change them where you feel it will help you resolve or cope more effectively with your present day issues.
Starting counselling can bring an immediate sense of relief, but it can also arouse feelings of guilt and shame that make it difficult to admit to yourself what your feelings really are. We will work at your pace to create a relationship where you feel safe to acknowledge your true feelings and become more accepting, curious, and non-judgemental about them, so that you can start to resolve the issues that have been troubling you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling awarded by the Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) after having completing a three year course accredited by the British Psychoanalytical Council (BPC).
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
I charge a flat fee of £45 per 50 minute weekly session, including the initial consultation.